Thursday, Dec 5, 2013
Mt. Vernon Firefighters Honor Fallen Heroes
MT. VERNON -- Three Mt. Vernon firefighters climbed 110 flights of stairs at the Tennessee Tower in Nashville this past weekend as a tribute to what New York firefighters endured on September 11, 2001.
"They are heroes to me," said Mt. Vernon firefighter Travis Zimmer. "They gave the ultimate sacrifice. We climb because they climbed. That's the best way to sum up that day. They did it without a second thought."
Three hundred forty-three New York firefighters died on September 11, but their memory lives on through some of their deepest admirers.
On Sunday, three Mt. Vernon's firefighters - Zimmer, Brad Baum and Braden Mueller - paid tribute with a 110-story memorial stair climb in Nashville, representing the height of the twin towers. They were among 343 firefighters from seven states and 63 departments coming together for one cause.
"This affected everybody in the nation," said Baum. "Everyone remembers where they were at that day. You don't want to see anybody perish in something that tragic, but this is just a way we can honor them."
Each participant received the name of one firefighter lost that day, climbing in their honor.
"It means a lot whenever you put a name to who you are a climbing for, because they line stairwells with pictures of those people so a lot of the photos it's almost as if they are looking at you," said Mueller. "When you are finished with the climb you put in the perspective that they still had to work, they had to put fires out, they had to rescue people. They didn't get to go down and see their families."
All participants paid an entry fee to take part in the event. The nationwide event has raised more than $200,000 for the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation.
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